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Fire on Fridays: Sam Mayer Discusses 4 Obstacles of Replacing Josh Berry

2020 I44speedway Arca Sam Mayer Face Arca Racing

(Photo: Jeff Curry/ARCA Racing)

In just over a week, another prodigy driver makes his long-awaited NASCAR Xfinity Series debut. On June 26, Sam Mayer turns 18 years old. The next day, he’ll be hauling the JR Motorsports No. 8 Chevrolet into the treacherous corners of Pocono Raceway. “Oh, getting to turn 18 is one of the coolest things you …

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Should There Be an ARCA Bounty on Ty Gibbs at Pocono?

2021 ARCA Mid-Ohio Ty Gibbs Trophy (Credit: Emilee Chinn/ARCA Racing used with permission)

Photo: Emilee Chinn/ARCA Racing used with permission

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Ty Gibbs won an ARCA Menards Series race. This year alone he has five main series wins, including four straight, along with both an ARCA Menards Series East and ARCA Menards Series West victory. While he is currently one point behind leader Corey Heim in the points, Gibbs …

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Xfinity Breakdown: ‘Three-Wide for the Lead,’ Allmendinger Digs Out a Win at Mid-Ohio

2021 Mid Ohio NXS AJ Allmendinger trophy NKP

AJ Allmendinger Celebrating at Mid-Ohio (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

If anyone could have raced their way back up from 30th to first in 20 laps in the B&L Transport 170 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, it would be AJ Allmendinger. Between Allmendinger and championship rival Austin Cindric, they had the best two cars in Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at the Lexington, Ohio road …

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Did You Notice?: Reimagining A NASCAR Winston Million

2001 Cup Darlington Jeff Gordon Winston Million (Credit: Nigel Kinrade NKP)

Photo: Nigel Kinrade, NKP

Did You Notice? … One of NASCAR’s former crown jewel events, part of the old Winston Million, continues to decline? The 2021 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway averaged 4.06 million viewers last Sunday (May 30), posting a 2.3 Nielsen rating that’s tied for its smallest audience since 1997. Compare that to the Indy 500, …

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Ty Gibbs Wins ARCA Race at Mid-Ohio for 4th Straight Victory

2021 ARCA Mid-Ohio Ty Gibbs, No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, Burnout (Credit: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In the second-ever ARCA Menards Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Ty Gibbs won the 2021 Dawn 150 for his fourth straight victory on Friday, June 4. It’s his fifth win this season and his 13th career main ARCA series win. Gibbs will attempt to sweep the race weekend at Mid-Ohio tomorrow in the …

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Eyes On Xfinity: Is This the Right Points Format for the Xfinity Series?

2021 Charlotte NXS Ty Gibbs checkered flag NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Through 12 races in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this season, eight different drivers have been first across the start/finish line to take the checkered flag. Of those race winners, however, three won’t be in the running for the series title — Josh Berry, Kyle Busch and Ty Gibbs. As my high school teachers would tell you, …

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ARCA Preview: 2021 Dawn 150 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

2020 ARCA Daytona Road Ty Gibbs, No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota (Credit: NKP)

Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

For only the second time in ARCA Menards Series history, drivers will compete at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Friday (June 4). The 2.258-mile road course in Lexington, Ohio, last hosted the series on July 25, 1965, with Jack Bowsher scoring the victory. This time, 16 drivers will race for 42 laps for victory in …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Over & Underachievers in All 3 National Series

Chris Buescher looks on at Circuit of the Americas NASCAR Cup 2021 NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who has overachieved and who has underachieved across all three NASCAR national series so far this season? – Rebecca F., Tulsa, Okla. I’ll take this series by series, as there are a lot of drivers/teams to cover with this question. Starting with the Camping World Truck Series, I’ll give a nod to Niece Motorsports’ Carson …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Ty Gibbs Spins and Wins at Charlotte

2021 Charlotte Xfinity Ty Gibbs celebrate victory lane NKP

(Photo LAT Images via Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In February, Ty Gibbs briefly went dirt trackin’, making a pass in the grass, before winning on the road course at Daytona International Speedway. You can now check “spin and win” off the list of ways Gibbs has won a race. In Saturday’s (May 29) Alsco Uniforms 300, he spun exiting turn 4 coming to …

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Ty Gibbs Wins ARCA Race To Cap Perfect Saturday at Charlotte

2021 ARCA Charlotte Ty Gibbs Woo-hoo (Credit: NKP)

Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

Saturday (May 29) was all about Ty Gibbs. Hours after claiming his second win in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Gibbs dominated the ARCA Menards Series race from the pole to win the General Tire 150 at Charlotte Motor Speedway to complete a day of perfection for the grandson of team owner Joe Gibbs. It is …

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Ty Gibbs Takes Home Alsco Uniforms 300 For 2nd Career Win

2021 Charlotte xfinity Ty Gibbs burnout NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In an unmarked, unsponsored Toyota Supra, Ty Gibbs became the youngest Charlotte Motor Speedway winner when he held on to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series ALSCO Uniforms 300 on Saturday (May 29). “It’s definitely nice to win on an oval, especially in my hometown,” Gibbs told FOX Sports 1, mentioning his blank Supra. “There’s a …

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ARCA Preview: 2021 General Tire 150 at Charlotte

2019 ARCA Charlotte Pack Racing - Tanner Gray, No. 54 DGR-Crosley Toyota, and Michael Self, No. 25 Venturini Motorsports Toyota (Credti: NKP)

Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

After racing at its home track, Toledo Speedway, the ARCA Menards Series heads to the home of NASCAR, Charlotte Motor Speedway. While only 14 drivers competed at Toledo, 24 drivers are vying for victory in the General Tire 150 at Charlotte. Charlotte was set to host ARCA last year, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, …

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